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Herbert H. Pommerenke papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 722


Herbert H. Pommerenke and his wife Jean were missionaries in China for over twenty years. The collection contains correspondence to and from China regarding the life and customs of Chinese people and the activities and problems of the missionaries, and also newsletters, 1923-1946.


  • 1923-1946


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Biographical / Historical

Herbert H. Pommerenke was a missionary in China for over twenty years. From 1924 to 1927 Pommerenke was in Canton teaching at the Canton Christian College. He returned to the U.S. to marry Jean MacPherson in 1927.

In 1930 he and his wife, who was also a missionary, returned to China where they worked in Canton, Yeung Kong, and Ko Chow until 1936. In late 1936-1937 Pommerenke attended the Kennedy School of Missions in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1938 they returned to Yeung Long, staying until 1941, when they travelled to New York City.

The couple then traveled through Europe and India from 1943-1944 in an attempt to return to China, which was in the midst of War. They finally re-entered China in late 1944. In 1945-1946 Pommerenke taught at Lingan University in China.


1 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1973.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents

Guide to the Herbert H. Pommerenke Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA